Historical Events For Year 1887

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January 20, 1887

The Navy is granted allowance to lease Pearl Harbor as a naval base by the United States Senate.
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January 21, 1887

The establishment of the Amateur Athletic Union takes place. Read More

January 28, 1887

The foundations of the Eiffel Tower begin being constructed in Paris, France. Read More

February 2, 1887

The observation of the first Groundhog Day takes place in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Read More

February 4, 1887

The singing of the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887 into law by President Grover Cleveland takes place.
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February 8, 1887

The enactment of the Dawes Act, also known as the General Allotment Act, takes place. Read More

March 3, 1887

Helen Keller, the first person to earn a Bachelor of Arts while being deaf, blind, and mute, begins her teaching lessons taught by Anne Sullivan.
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March 4, 1887

The first automobile invented by Gottlieb Daimler is unveiled. Read More

March 7, 1887

The establishment of the North Carolina State University as North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts takes place.
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March 13, 1887

Earmuffs are patented by Chester Greenwood. Read More

April 4, 1887

The first female mayor in the United States is elected in in Argonia, Kansas as Susanna M. Salter.
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April 9, 1887

The Teutonia Männerchor Hall is approved in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by the Charter of Incorporation.
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April 10, 1887

The establishment of the Catholic University of America takes place on Easter Sunday. Read More

May 14, 1887

The laying of Stanford University's cornerstone takes place in northern California. Read More

June 8, 1887

A patent is granted to Herman Hollerith for a punched card calculator. Read More

June 18, 1887

Germany and Russia's Reinsurance Treaty is closed. Read More

June 21, 1887

The 50th year of Queen Victoria's reign, known as the Golden Jubilee, is celebrated by the British Empire.
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June 23, 1887

Banff National Park is created as Canada's first national park upon the signing of the Rocky Mountains Park Act into law.
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June 28, 1887

The incorporation of Minot as a city in North Dakota takes place. Read More

June 29, 1887

The establishment of the United Retail Federation takes place in Brisbane. Read More

July 1, 1887

The iron structure of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France officially begins being constructed.
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July 19, 1887

The first United States patent for a comptometer is granted to Dorr Eugene Felt. Read More

August, 1887

The Marine Hospital in Staten Island establishes the first constituent of the United States National Institutes of Health as the Laboratory of Hygiene.
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September 5, 1887

One hundred and eighty-six people are killed in the Theatre Royal, Exeter fire in England.
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December 25, 1887

The first Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky is produced. Read More